Measurement Issues: Depression measures in children and adolescents

Meinou Simmons, Paul Wilkinson, Bernadka Dubicka

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    Abstract

    Background
    Since the recognition of youth depression, numerous instruments have been developed, but there is little consensus regarding their use. In recent years, a national programme for outcome measurement has been introduced in the United Kingdom.

    Method
    A pragmatic literature search was conducted to select instruments commonly used to measure depression either in research or as recommended by UK national bodies.

    Results
    15 depression rating scales were identified. Diagnostic instruments and rating scales are described.

    Conclusions
    Recent large depression trials have produced additional new data, and UK national organisations have made recommendations regarding the implementation of certain instruments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)230-241
    Number of pages12
    JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
    Volume20
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2015

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